Dear Reepi – after you asked me which of the essays I liked thebest in Muktir Kandari Tajuddin, I leafed through the book again. As all of the essays/articles are very well written and informative, it was hard for me to choose. But I finally decided on 4 of them. Here is the list and the reasons I chose them:
1. Sath June Choy Dofa Dibosh Sharane – it informs the reader about the drafting and the evolution of the Choy Dofa and throws insights on the inner workings with commentaries by Mr. Tajuddin Ahmed. Also, how Mr. Bhutto ran away from the proposed debate on the Choy Dofa with Sheikh Mujib.
2. Alor Pother Jatri – you tackle a very difficult subject of what happens when our body dies in a commendable way. You tie together your family’s experiences with the readings you have done on the subject. The result is a profound and reflective experience for the reader.
3. Tajuddiner Manoshkonna – I may have mentioned before I liked this piece. It speaks volumes about a very touching side of Mr. Tajuddin Ahmed. That he would raise his sister’s child as a single person shows a profound sense of responsibity and affection towards Anar. Also, Anar continued as a full member of your family when he married your mother and all of you came along. This is an extremely touching,non-political side of your father. It reflects well on all of you, especially your mother.
4. Udayer Pathe Shuni Jar Bani – Dr. Mizan Rahman’s essay touches upon different aspects of Mr. Tajuddin’s activites, character and accomplishments. Also, it reflects upon the unusual closeness Mr. Tajuddin felt towards Sheikh Mujib, his leader. It is well researched and comes from a scholar who is not a member of your family. It sheds an independent viewpoint.
The yearly essay contest organized by Dhaka University and Peace and Conflict Studies department on the life and works of Tajuddin Ahmad have attracted students from various departments. Their enthusiadtic participation and spirit to delve deeper into history have been inspirational. Attached is the picture of the poster-announcement of the contest.
Theme: Tajuddin Ahmad: Extraordinary leader, man and stateman.
Today July 23, 2017 is Bongo Taj Tajuddin Ahmad birthday.
If he were alive he would have been 92 years today. He left this world at mere age fifty while earning a life time achievement, that is to liberate his beloved country Bangladesh in 1971. Hope the new generation will learn from his examples and pursue truth, honesty, knowledge and humility.